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Why is the Chinese government going after Jack Ma, the country’s richest man?

For the past 2 decades, being a Chinese billionaire has been a dangerous job. Whether it was a short life expectancy or threat of arrest for corruption, being uber-rich in China has not ended well for many.

Jack Ma — the 56-year-old founder of Alibaba and China’s richest man (worth $57B+, but frequently swapping the top spot with Tencent’s Pony Ma) — has mostly avoided a bad outcome…

… until this year

In November, it held up the listing of Alibaba’s fintech arm Ant Group, which was supposed to raise $34.5B, the biggest IPO ever.

The cancellation came after Ma criticized the country’s financial regulators for stifling innovation and called China’s bank “pawnshops.

Last week, China launched an antitrust investigation into Alibaba itself, charging that the ecommerce giant forces merchants to sell exclusively on its platform.

Ma is perhaps China’s greatest entrepreneurial success story

Born in Hangzhou, China, Ma spent his youth learning English by spending time around tourists before studying the language in college.

Ma learned about the internet on a 1995 trip to the US. Upon his return to China, he launched numerous websites before co-founding Alibaba with 18 friends in 1999.

Today, Alibaba Group — which includes ecommerce leaders Taobao and Tmall — does $70B+ in annual revenue and is the “closest thing Amazon has to a peer and rival,” writes the NYT.

The diminutive tech titan has happily cultivated a superstar persona, even starring as a kung fu master in a short film.

Why is the crackdown happening now? 

Under President Xi Jinping, the Chinese state has imposed a tighter grip over the economy, which puts Alibaba and its rival Tencent — both worth $600B+ — squarely in the crosshairs.

The clampdowns also come at a time of rising economic inequality: China has more billionaires than India and the US combined but also has 600m citizens earning less than $150 a month, per the NYT.

Jack Ma is becoming the posterboy for this wealth gap — perhaps the only job in China that’s more dangerous than “billionaire.”



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Maybe you shouldn’t read this.

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What The Heck Is That!?

The 23rd and 24th episodes of “What The Heck Is That!?” were just posted on YouTube. The shows are absolutely hysterical with two celebrity guests, Candy Samples and Amelia Fowler. Steve Greenberg, creator and executive producer, hosts and Harry Redlich and Lois Whitman-Hess have all the fun. Enjoy!



In this episode, Lois Whitman-Hess and Steve Greenberg are “Lying On The Beach On Camera” with the CEO of the Seattle-based application called Ripl, Inc.

Ripl is a year-round, 24/7 affordable social media tool allowing small businesses to develop animated content for a strong social media presence. Sort of what WordPress is to setting up a blog, Ripl is to video content creations.

Simply put, Ripl is like the Swiss Army Knife of content creation and distribution for small businesses. It’s all about helping small business make a BIG impression on social media.


This Chanukah was very emotional. Wishing everyone a healthy and happy year ahead. Love, Lois and Eliot


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As North America settles in for a long pandemic winter, there are bright spots on the horizon. Hundreds of them. The 600 young entrepreneurs, activists, scientists and entertainers featured in our 10th Annual Forbes 30 Under 30 give everyone reason to hope. Some are defying the odds and building businesses despite Covid-19; others are helping to fight the illness, serving on hospital frontlines or working with A.I. to discover new drugs. This year they were photographed by one of their own:

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